Gradient Wind non-geostrophic winds which blow parallel to isobars
Geostrophic winds exist in locations where there are no frictional forces and the isobars are striaght. However, such locations are quite rare.
A steady, horizontal wind flowing along curved isobars is called . Where there is imbalance between the pressure gradient and Coriolis forces.
the same as geostrophic wind, but blowing parallel to curved isobars or contours; the curved airflow pattern around a pressure center results from a balance among pressure-gradient force, coriolis force, and centrifugal force.
A theoretical wind that results from a balance between the pressure gradient, Coriolis and centrifugal forces. It is a better approximation than the geostrophic wind as it accounts for the curvature of real weather systems.
GRADIENT WIND A steady horizontal air motion along curved parallel isobars or contours in an unchanging pressure or contour field, assuming there is no friction and no divergence or convergence.
- Wind that flows parallel to the isobars, but non-linearly.
Gradient Wind - The curved airflow patern around a pressure center resulting from a balance among pressure-gradient force, Coriolis force, and centrifugal force.
- A theoretical horizontal wind that blows parallel to curved isobars or contours above the friction layer.
Granules - A network of huge, irregularly shaped convective cells in the sun’s photosphere.
The Gradient Wind
In explaining the geostrophic wind, we assumed that the isobars were straight lines.
Pressure gradient wind
The wind that results from the pressure gradient. The greater the pressure gradient between two points, the greater the wind.
Also called gradient wind level. Geostrophic-wind scale A graphical device used for the determination of the speed of the geostrophic wind from the isobar or contour-line spacing on a synoptic chart.
= speed of the wind at height = at gradient height = exponential coefficient
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At the surface the wind is in the opposite direction to the gradient wind. Rotors are often associated with extreme and turbulence an are often marked by a rotor cloud such as the helm bar.
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Surface winds are measured by anemometer and wind vane; winds aloft by such systems as pilot balloon, radiosonde, or aircraft navigational techniques. See also circulation, general circulation, turbulence, geostrophic wind, gradient wind, ...
See also: Gradient, Wind, Force, Pressure, Meteor